World Language Day – “Expand Your World Through Language”

The Department of Modern Foreign Languages is proud to celebrate its fifth annual World Language Day on the Fredericksburg CampusMarch 21, 2015. This year’s motto inspired by Wittgenstein’s quote “The limits of my language are the limits of my world”, is “Expand Your World Through Language”

Its aims are:

  • to strengthen the connections with and reach out to high school students and their FL teachers
  • to demonstrate how UMW as an institution that thinks globally
  • to make world languages visible to the community
  • to advocate world language learning in general

The day will be filled with fun activities and competitions centered around world languages. Those activities include:

  • spelling bees
  • poetry recitations
  • extemporaneous speech
  • poster exhibition
  • video/skit screening

To be fair to students of all levels of language proficiency, there are two levels of competition: intermediate and advanced. The languages of competition will be Spanish, French, and German. Our Italian, Chinese, and Arabic programs as well as native speakers of other languages will offer mini-lessons.  World Language Day, March 21, 2015 (Preliminary Schedule)

8:30 am – 9:00 am – Anderson Center Students will arrive with their teachers on the UMW campus and proceed to Anderson Center where they will receive orientation packages and lunch bags. Early arrivals can take advantage of our continental breakfast buffet.
9:00 am – 9:15 am Dodd Auditorium Greetings from the department. A spokesperson from the department will describe the day’s events.
9:30 am – 10:30 pm Combs Hall Competitions (Spelling Bee, Extemporaneous Speech, Poetry, Posters, Video/Skits) When not competing, students may see the poster exhibition or the video screenings. In addition, they may visit information tables.
10:30am-12:30pm – Combs Hall Workshops! Learn new languages, listen to fascinating accounts from people who lived abroad, learn a craft.
12:30-1:30 p.m – Anderson Center  Closing Ceremony After some presentations by UMW students, certificates will be given to all participating schools and awards will be presented to the winners of the day’s competitions.